OR Nurses that Make $$$$$

  1. I hear most OR Nurses make 100, 000 a year with on call pay. Does anyone know about this nice number?????
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I'm in the wrong business!
  4. by   shodobe
    Do a search on this and you will find all the info you need. Last year I made about $120,000, but that was with alot of OT, call time, and working PT at other places. I work in the OR where OT can be available. Good luck!
  5. by   elcue
    You can do it, but you have to take an awful lot of call/work an awful lot of
    OT. You need better stamina than I can still muster up to work that many hours in a year!
  6. by   IsseyM
    Quote from shodobe
    Do a search on this and you will find all the info you need. Last year I made about $120,000, but that was with alot of OT, call time, and working PT at other places. I work in the OR where OT can be available. Good luck!
    Was this take home pay??? I feel uncle sam takes a pretty nice chunk out of my checks. I feel like i hardly take anything home but then again i'm brand new.
  7. by   shodobe
    Quote from IsseyM
    Was this take home pay??? I feel uncle sam takes a pretty nice chunk out of my checks. I feel like i hardly take anything home but then again i'm brand new.
    No, gross pay. I usually take home about 3200 per pay period(6400 a month). But as someone said, lots of extra hours and OT.
  8. by   Darth Nightingale
    Quote from shodobe
    No, gross pay. I usually take home about 3200 per pay period(6400 a month). But as someone said, lots of extra hours and OT.
    how much is a "lot" of OT?
  9. by   shodobe
    Probably about 6 hours of DT and 6 hours of OT. It changes all the time. I take alot of call, 60-70 hours a week, but don't work all that time. That is stand-by and not actual work time.
  10. by   ItalianRN
    Quote from shodobe
    Do a search on this and you will find all the info you need. Last year I made about $120,000, but that was with alot of OT, call time, and working PT at other places. I work in the OR where OT can be available. Good luck!
    Are you a Scrub nurse or a Circulating nurse? How much experience did you need to have before transferring to the OR?
  11. by   shodobe
    Quote from ItalianRN
    Are you a Scrub nurse or a Circulating nurse? How much experience did you need to have before transferring to the OR?
    Doesn't matter, I do both. You HAVE to remember that I have 30 years experience and not everyone can go anywhere and adjust to that particular department without problems. You have to be able to do anything so only years of experience will allow you that luxury. The OR is a very structured place that relies on people being able to do jobs without help.I have been working at the same place for 30 years and the other place PT for 7 years. Don't think you will go into this situation and make that kind of money right off the bat, it takes time.
  12. by   ItalianRN
    Quote from shodobe
    Don't think you will go into this situation and make that kind of money right off the bat, it takes time.
    I have 2 main reasons why I am considering the OR. I liked it when I did my clinicals in school & I know that floor nursing is not the best fit for me. I cannot give my patients the time & care that they should be getting. I feel really bad about this. I would prefer the one to one relationship in the OR with the patient. I want to be able to give one patient 100%. Not just pop in on them now & then during the day.

    Salary has to also weigh in my decision because I am self-sufficient. I need to be in a job that offers OT. I have to talk to my HR dept to get the details on the OR shifts. I prefer 12 hour shifts. Before doing so, I wanted to get an idea about being in the OR from the nurses on this site.

    I don't want to get in over my head. I only have 6 months in Med/Surg & 7 months in Cardio. I was thinking about putting in for a transfer to the OR after I have a full year of Cardio.

    How much experience did some of you have before working in the OR? Do you think a year of Cardio & 6 months of M/S would be enough?

    Thank you.
  13. by   BSNtobe2009
    Ok question...what happens when you are scheduled for surgeries that go on for 8, 10, or 12 hours and things like needing to pee, and other biological necessities...how is this handled?

    I am considering OR as well because surgery has always fascinated me, and just one of those "things" that I'm curious about.
  14. by   Jarnaes
    Most facilities have a lunch relief schedule. If you need a BR break- just let the charge nurse know and they will find someone to cover your room.
    OR is just like the floor, there is an evening/night shift that will take over so that the day crew can go home. At times they may have more rooms going than the incoming staff can support and that's when the OT comes into play... you get to stay and finish the case.
    Super long cases may have a couple of shifts support them i.e. you leave at the end of your shift- come back in the AM and relieve the night nurse from the same case... (but those marathon cases are few and far between in most hospitals).
    Good luck to you. OR nursing is a lot of fun. OR nurse creed: The worst day in the OR is still better than the best day on the floor!!!!

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